- Faith & Family
The successes of Blacks are sometimes overlooked but one group has taken it upon itself to recognize local Black talent. Recently, Identify, Connect, Activate the Black Accomplished (ICABA) held its Honors Networking and Recognition Reception at the Smith Conference Center on the campus of Florida Memorial University.
“This was both a recognition program and networking reception for South Florida’s most accomplished Black executives and professionals and academics,” said Jerome Hutchinson, Jr., president and CEO of ICABA. “There was also an unveiling presentation of full color coffee table publication with profiles on 156 of business individuals. We had over 400 people in attendance, it was a very high level networking event.”
Over 155 honorees were presented in the ICABA Honors Profile Directory which featured South Florida’s most accomplished Black executives, professionals and academics.
“We have an advisory board that makes recommendations for nominations,” he said. “We also have an area on our website for people to nominate individuals they believe are deserving of being recognized.”
Some of the honorees included Dr. Nara Sudarkasa, the first Black woman president of Lincoln University and Sheldon Anderson, South Florida’s only president/CEO at a Fortune 500 company. Dr. Dennis P. Gallon, president of Palm Beach State College and Marcia Barry-Smith, senior vice president of Bank Atlantic and executive director.
“It is very important to honor people for a number of reasons,” he said. “All too often the Black community has complained about not having enough role models and not getting recognition for the people in our community who are doing well. I think the easiest way and most effective way for us to overcome that is if we honor our own. So this was a great opportunity for us to offer honor and respect to the accomplishments of extremely dedicated individuals.”
Calvin Hughes, news anchor, served as the master of ceremony for the event. ICABA is a South Florida based company that primarily focuses on connecting and activating accomplished Black professionals and entrepreneurs.
By Randy Grice